China News

New York Times | Apr 19, 2018

State media have hinted that Beijing could weaponize its consumers in a trade war. But American brands are popular in China — and Chinese workers make many of their products.

Time | Apr 19, 2018

Don’t get too attached to your straw.
At least, if you’re a U.K. citizen it’s possible you’ll be going without drink straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, if a newly-proposed ban goes through. During the meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government on Thursday in London, a proposal was announced to phase out single-use plastics, which cannot be recycled and contribute to ocean deterioration, damaging ecosystems and wildlife. In the U.K.,...

Time | Apr 19, 2018

One of the most stirring moments in this year’s billion-dollar blockbuster Black Panther, whose director, Ryan Coogler, and lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, are both on this year’s TIME 100, comes early in the film. A terrorist attack has upended the kingdom of Wakanda. As Boseman’s T’Challa returns to take the throne, his mother, played...

Guardian | Apr 19, 2018

Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China.An analysis of the latest global sales of electric vehicles found that nearly half the vehicles registered in Norway in the first three months of 2018 were electric (48%), compared to just over a third (35%) during the same period in 2017. The vehicles are run almost exclusively off the nation’s...

Los Angeles Times | Apr 19, 2018

Qualcomm Inc. has begun notifying workers of layoffs at the same time the San Diego chipmaker’s $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China. Qualcomm, a leading provider of chips for mobile phones, did not specify the number of employees...

Time | Apr 19, 2018

Ding Junhui isn’t wearing the requisite waistcoat and bowtie of the professional snooker circuit, but even dressed in a baggy jogging suit, he isn’t difficult to pick out of the crowd. Ball after ball vanishes as Ding glides around the green baize, wielding his cue with metronomic ease. “I’m trying to make my rhythm more relaxed so games are like practice routines,” he tells TIME between training sessions at his snooker club in northwest Beijing. “How to take off the pressure and just play is the hardest part.”

The Sydney Morning Herald | Apr 19, 2018

Tax cheats and funds management fraudsters among a growing list of "dishonest people" to be banned from boarding planes in China from next month.

Time | Apr 19, 2018

South Korea confirmed Wednesday that it is discussing a peace agreement which could formally end more than 60 years of war with the North, while offering an incentive for Pyongyang to discuss denuclearization.
Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security adviser, told the New York Times that he discussed a potential treaty with John Bolton, his newly appointed American counterpart, in Washington last...

Time | Apr 18, 2018

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be fruitful.”
Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim “got along really well” in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, “We’ve never been in a position like this” to address worldwide concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after the allies met at Trump’s Florida resort, he made...

Time | Apr 18, 2018

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him and that he’ll hit Moscow with new sanctions “as soon as they very much deserve it.”
He also said building a good relationship with Russia is a “good, not bad” thing.
Trump commented a day after an internal White House quarrel over the timing of potential new punishment for Russia exploded into public view. He blamed the news media for spreading a narrative that he said portrays him as being afraid to stand up to Russia.

Los Angeles Times | Apr 18, 2018

China carried out live-fire military drills off its southeastern coast Wednesday in what was seen as a warning to Taiwan of the consequences of pursuing independence from Beijing. Artillery rounds were fired in a zone about six miles off the coast of southeastern China and 108 miles from Taiwan,...

npr | Apr 18, 2018

For U.S. and other automakers, selling a car in China has always been difficult. But this week, China announced some moves that could pave the way for new sales for some manufacturers.(Image credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Times | Apr 18, 2018

Warner Bros’ action-adventure “Rampage,” starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, dominated China's box office, raking in $55.5 million in its first three days and accounting for nearly half of the country’s box office grosses last week. The film performed much better than Johnson's last release in...

Time | Apr 18, 2018

(BRUSSELS) — Europe’s top trade official said Wednesday that new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are distorting global trade and could damage hopes for economic growth.
Cecilia Malmstrom, the European Union’s trade commissioner, also said the bloc would not offer any concessions in order to be exempt from the U.S. import duties ahead of a May 1 deadline in talks.
“We are a seeing a recovery and a potential growth in trade and global growth but it is threatened by these tariffs,” she told reporters in Strasbourg, France. “We can see already tendencies of distortion of trade that...